Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

NARS Spring 2012 Collection

The Spring 2012 Collection, created by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a mix of bright and playful colors balanced with rich, saturated hues. Nars chose to photograph model Ginta Lapina for the spring campaign, explaining, “Her delicate features and classic beauty made her an ideal fit for a collection that’s at once fresh and fierce.”

To achieve the makeup look in the campaign image, Ginta’s skin was made radiant with Santa Fe Sheer Glow Foundation and set with Eden Loose Powder to create an Immaculate Complexion. Next, Zen Blush was applied to the hollow of the cheek and blended toward the temple for contour; Gaiety Blush was brushed onto the apple of the cheeks for a pop of color.

After prepping with Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Lhasa Single Eyeshadow was blended onto Ginta’s lids, extending the color to the upper inner corner of the eye. Her brow bone was highlighted with Albatross Highlighting Blush before Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil was swiped across the upper lash line. It was further defined with Rue Saint-Honoré Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner; a winged effect was created in the outer corner. The lower lash was lined with the same pencil and gently smudged. Brows were defined with Blondie Single Eyeshadow; lashes were curled, then brushed with two coats of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. Lips were lined and filled in with Amazon Lipliner Pencil, then topped with Valparaíso Pure Matte Lipstick and Misbehave Lip Gloss for shine. The look was completed with Écume Nail Polish on the nails.

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Douce France Shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose-petal pink, matte deep rose

Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Lhasa Shimmery lavender-gray

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Paramaribo Metallic shades of brass and bronze

Blush ($28.00)

  • Gaiety Bright candy-pink

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Mexican Rose Hot pink

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Valparaiso Rich raspberry

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Bilbao Shimmering topaz

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Dark Rite Navy blue

Nail Polish ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Diamond Life Metallic violet

availability: January 13th, 2012 at narscosmetics.com

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56 thoughts on “NARS Spring 2012 Collection

  1. I want the blush!!!

  2. Ana

    I just love sun kissed skin!

  3. Amy

    Any possible dupes for Gaitey just from pics?

  4. jennifer

    I hate when companies use obvious computer-generated images in their product launch photos.

  5. I love it already! I can’t wait to see how Gaiety looks on deeper complexions

  6. Laura

    Amazing colors!!!

  7. KC

    Why doesn’t NARS sell in my country? Why doesn’t NARS ship to my country? Sighhh #realproblems

  8. JoAnn

    Oh my God, I can’t take it. I want the whole collection!

  9. Looks great. But weren’t they also releasing tinted moisturizers with this collection?

    • Michael

      The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer launches in just a few weeks! It’s SPF30 and comes in 9 shades. Nordstrom gets the early exclusive on this one, so if you don’t have someone you love, I will gladly suggest my favorite! Plus Nordstrom is having NARS Beauty Week the first week of February in honor of it’s launch and my Nordstrom is having quite the mega event!


      • Tina

        Hey Michael! I will gladly order from your Nordstrom. This is the first Nars collection I have wanted several things from in a while, so I wouldnt mind waiting til the beauty event. So do tell which Nordstrom it is, who to talk to, etc. Thanks! :)

        • Michael

          That’s sweet. Nordstrom Dallas Galleria is the way to go!! 972 – 716 – 5380 and just ask for NARS!!! :)

          • Michael

            Oh and the event starts Feb. 2! and the gift is way cute!

          • Tina

            Thank you Michael! Such a small world. I live about 1.5 hours from Dallas. I doubt I can get there personally, though, but I will definitely call :) Thanks again!!!!!

      • Sadly I am not from America so I can’t order from Nordstrom :(

  10. Dominique

    Waouh what a gorgeous and colourful collection for spring. I think I will purchase the eyeshadows Trio and Mono, the blush and the nail polish, it is 113 € here in France for those 4 products, so it’s going to be very bad for my credit card ! Well, this collection is so great I can’t resist !

  11. Lulee

    this looks pretty underwhelming. the colors are muted especially for a spring collection.

    • Alix

      Agree. The collection doesn’t seem cohesive to me; can’t get excited about it.

      • Lark

        Francois Nars always makes you work for it! His make up is challenging, but he has a remarkable, very modern aesthetic. As for muted colors? Where? Hot pinks, lavender gray, metals to pop it with? There’s a bright raspberry matte lip and a topaz-y gold for girls who can’t wear blue bases.

        It could about all be Schiap Pink lipstick. How are you getting dull?

  12. Kate

    The blush looks fab. I’ve been hoping for ages that Nars would make a paler, more cotton candy type pink blush and now they have!

  13. I’m eyeing Paramaribo and Diamond Life!

  14. That nail polish looks killer! Their formula is amazing, so I’m so excited for that!

  15. Marie

    Douce France eyeshadow trio and Valparaiso pure matte lipstick will be mine! They look so beautiful. I can’t wait for reviews and swatches.

    Christine, do you have any information regarding the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers? They were schduled for spring 2012, but I can’t find any information. Thanks! :)

    • All information I have is always posted on the blog, sorry!

      • Marie

        OK! Thank you for your quick answer. :)

        • Michael

          The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer launches in just a few weeks! It’s SPF30 and comes in 9 shades. Nordstrom gets the early exclusive on this one, so if you don’t have someone you love, I will gladly suggest my favorite! Plus Nordstrom is having NARS Beauty Week the first week of February in honor of it’s launch and my Nordstrom is having quite the mega event!


          • Marie

            Thank you, Michael. :)
            I’m not in the US, so I’ll just wait and see if they are released soon in my country. If not, I’ll try to find a way to get my hands on it. ^^

  16. Marian

    I really love these colors!

  17. della

    Not sure if it’s part of your plans for review Christine, but I’d love to know how Gaiety compares to other NARS blushes color wise (I’ve got Mata Hari and Desire) and whether it’s matte or shimmery. I just wanted to say I’d look forward to seeing a review of it. Either way, thanks for all your work on the blog. I really appreciate all you do!

  18. Liz

    that single brown e/s looks so pretty!

  19. Hannah

    Christine, will you be reviewing Lhasa? Thanks! :)

  20. Pleinair

    I am really curious about eyeshadows! and matte lipstick!

  21. AmyD

    oh nars, you slay me. the matte lipstick in valparaiso looks divine.

    christine, just off the top of your head, do you prefer nars foundations over mac’s? i’m nc42 and generally haven’t budged from mac, but nars’ sheer glow foundation in particular looks interesting…

    • Neither are my preference, sorry! I prefer MUFE or Guerlain.

    • JSwi

      You should definitely try the Sheer Glow! Shade wise you will be able to find something comparable to NC42 and it will be so much lighter in weight.
      All the MAC girls in my department have switched over to NARS foundation but they won’t tell you that.

  22. This is probably the Spring collection for which I’m the most excited. There’s so much variation in colours, but it all looks lovely. One thing I’ve noticed (and this is an issue with the PR photos provided- nothing that you’ve done Christine) is that the duo looks different in the group shot than it does in the individual. I wish companies would stop providing Photoshop versions of their products for press release…

  23. Ashley

    Impressive color selection. The polish looks pretty and I love the eyeliner on the model.

  24. Mary Beth

    Loving the gorgeous hot pink lip shades!!! :-)

  25. Amanda

    Totally getting the Duo Shadow. Love the Brass and Bronze colors!

  26. Okay, THAT collection is the break from browns that I’ve been looking for! Gorgeous!

  27. Dinitchka

    I am lushing over this entire collection. The colours are just lovely!

    My ‘no-buy’ is KILLING me :(

  28. Sharlie G

    The most beautiful piece from this collection for me is the nail polish. Very classy.

  29. Emma

    Need the single eyeshadow and blush IN MY LIFEEEE. I need swatchesssssss!!!!

  30. I wonder what finish the powder blush is going to be? I hope not with glitters because it is looking gorgeous! <3

  31. lafemmetopaz

    WEEEEEEE, I can’t wait to buy some pieces from this collection. Its really really gorgeous.

    The eye shadow duo, the gloss and shadow pencils are definitely on my to buy list.

  32. Emme

    Will it be available exclusively online? European shipping is quite costly!

  33. Brittany

    The colors are nice, however, some of them seem a bit to dark for spring time.

  34. Jodi Gordon

    I just love Nars and his unusual but beautiful colour combinations. This collection looks a great mix of feminine and bold. I cant wait to get it!

  35. I want the matte lipstick and both pencils!!

  36. Jessica

    I need that nail polish in my life!

  37. Daisy

    Do you know when they will be launching their tinted moisturizer? They said on Facebook that it would be in the spring collection 2012! xx